The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler


Posted on | August 11, 2011 | 52 Comments

AMES, Iowa
This is where everybody weighs in with their opinion of tonight’s debate. I’ve got photos, video, etc., but please feel free to cram the comments with your own views.

The view from here? T-Paw was the big loser. He looked weak, and I’m not the only one here who thought so.

UPDATE: Here’s my video intro to the spin room:

UPDATE II: Guess who I found in the spin room? Chuck Grassley!

UPDATE III: Herman Cain in a post-debate interview:

UPDATE IV: They closed down the spin room at midnight here, and I had to go find someplace to finish my Friday column for The American Spectator.

The National Affairs Desk, at Buffalo Wild Wings on Duff Avenue.

And a weird thing just happened. After I hit my deadline, I went outside to smoke a cigarette and phone my editor, and while I wandered around in the parking lot talking on the phone, I saw a familiar face: Rick Santorum’s daughter. The entire Santorum campaign — including Rick Santorum himself — was out on the patio having a late dinner and watching the replay of the debate on Fox News.

Dumb luck? An omen? I dunno. But if Santorum does better than expected in Saturday’s straw poll . . . well, that’s a hypothetical.

For now, the certainty is that it’s nearly 1 a.m. and I’ve got to be up early in the morning. Good night from Ames!


52 Responses to “THE SPIN ROOM IS OPEN!”

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  2. Alan Kellogg
    August 13th, 2011 @ 4:36 am

    On the question of who did the best job of putting their foot in their mouth, I’d have to give the crown to Ron Paul. In second place, Tim Pawlenty. As people catch on to their tendency to make fools of themselves expect them to fade into the night.

    Then again, I’m for the lady who didn’t show up, Sarah Palin.